Archive for October, 2021

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #767: Featuring Matthew Forsythe

h1 Sunday, October 31st, 2021

Happy Halloween, dear Imps!

I don’t have a picture book for you all today, because I want to take a moment to share a bit of news I just learned. (I’m slow, and you all may already know this!) It wasn’t till I was goofing around on Instagram yesterday that I learned that illustrator Matthew Forsythe designed the upcoming new short film from Aardman (coming to Netflix in November). Robin Robin is what Forsythe describes as a holiday musical (directed by Dan Ojari and Michael Please). If you head to Forsythe’s page at Instagram, you can see some of his design work (in a few of his more recent posts). One of those images is pictured above.

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“Tell Me Another Story”

h1 Thursday, October 28th, 2021


If you missed it last week, please be sure to take a look at the new documentary about diversity in children’s literature from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, “Tell Me Another Story.” It’s 30 minutes, and it’s free.

Here is more information about it at their site.

Room for Everyone

h1 Tuesday, October 26th, 2021

Over at BookPage, I’ve got a review of Naaz Khan’s Room for Everyone (Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, November 2021), illustrated by Mercè López.

That review is here, and below are some spreads.


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Dear Treefrog

h1 Monday, October 25th, 2021

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I love to read the thoughts of professor and poetry advocate Sylvia Vardell, and today at the Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott she writes about a picture book I’ve yet to cover here at 7-Imp. So I’m sending you to Sylvia’s post.

Sylvia takes a deep dive here into Joyce Sidman’s delightful Dear Treefrog, illustrated by Diana Sudyka. Enjoy!

(P.S. Here’s where to get caught up on all the other picture book posts over there.)

7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #766: Featuring Oge Mora

h1 Sunday, October 24th, 2021

I’ve a review over at BookPage of Anne Wynter’s spectacular debut picture book, Everybody in the Red Brick Building (Balzer + Bray, October 2021), illustrated by Oge Mora.

You can read that here, and below are some of Mora’s dynamic spreads.

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The Lion of the Caldecott

h1 Friday, October 22nd, 2021


Over at the Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott today, we take a look at the impact that illustrator Jerry Pinkney has had on the legacy of the Caldecott Award.

Head here to read more.

Calling Caldecott Tribute to Jerry Pinkney

h1 Thursday, October 21st, 2021

Over at the Horn Book’s Calling Caldecott, we pay tribute to the one, the only Jerry Pinkney, who died yesterday at the age of 81.

Head here for more, and please come share your own memories.

Photo taken in 2015 at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.

Helen Yoon’s Off-Limits

h1 Tuesday, October 19th, 2021

“Hello! I’m just looking.
There’s nothing wrong with just looking …”

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I absolutely cannot read Helen Yoon’s very entertaining Off-Limits (Candlewick, November 2021) without thinking of Patricia Lee Gauch’s lecture, “The Picture Book as an Act of Mischief” (which you can read here at the Horn Book). “In a picture book, mischief is a badge of honor,” Gauch said. “Mischief affects everything in a book.”

Mischief. Controlled chaos. That’s what we have here, not to mention a story that will utterly please a particular kind of person — that is, people who looooove office supplies. (You know who you are.)

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7-Imp’s 7 Kicks #765:
Featuring Anna Margrethe Kjærgaard

h1 Sunday, October 17th, 2021

“At first, we can see Grandpa’s footprints in the snow, but before long, the wind blows them away. All the same, we can follow the words he’s lost in the snow.
Grandma can see them now, too.”

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“My grandfather’s name is Kaj, and my grandmother’s name is Gerda. I go to see them a lot.” Thus opens Betina Birkjærs Coffee, Rabbit, Snowdrop, Lost (Enchanted Lion), illustrated by Anna Margrethe Kjærgaard and translated by Sinéad Quirke Køngerskov. This Danish import, originally published in 2019 and coming to U.S. shelves in December, tells a tenderly crafted (and seamlessly translated) story about dementia as if affects an intergenerational relationship.

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How to Find a Fox

h1 Friday, October 15th, 2021

“… amber eyes”
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You all remember Kate Gardner’s Lovely Beasts: The Surprising Truth (2018), illustrated by Heidi Smith. Right? (It even won Heidi the 2019 Bull-Bransom Award from the National Museum of Wildlife Art.) Gardner is back with a book about foxes and, delightfully, it is filled with photography. How to Find A Fox (Running Press Kids, September 2021) features photographs by wildlife photographer Ossi Saarinen, and it is one of this year’s best picture books.

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